http://hff19.org/5704
(hit ctrl+c to copy)

blackboxing

cabaret & variety · imaginary reality · Ages 15+ · flashing lights · world premiere · 45 mins · United States of America

Buy Tickets Add to Favorites Add Your Review

certified reviewers

|

all reviewers

|

all press

SCOTT LANGER certified reviewer June 17, 2019
tagged as: hilarious · one-man show · parody
From the moment I picked up the program riddled with typos and jabs at those who feel they want to be the orchestra, audience, and conductor- I WAS IN and knew Matt was going to bring the motha-f*ckin noise. The launch - this man knows how to do it. You understand what kind of show this will be almost instantly. There is no warming up or wasted time, from Richey's first breath we know he is lampooning the one-man show, the ego-maniacal actor, the self aggrandizing artist, other fringers, and general a-holes we meet in Los Angeles. Richey puts a mirror up to all of us- forcing us to ask: why are we doing this? What is the actual reason we are creating a play? Do we all really have something to say? Should I have been a dentist or a low... full review
EDWARD GOODMAN certified reviewer June 18, 2019
Go.... full review
CHRISTINE DEITNER thetheatretimes.com [https://thetheatretimes.com/] certified reviewer June 17, 2019
This is just beautiful work on so many levels. It's hilarious and cutting and will send any theatre student all the way back to their first day in college where we were all, essentially, Travis. It both honors and 'sees' the stage manager [can I get a 'hell yes!'], takes solid aim at the very festival it is featured in and surprises you with its capacity to plumb emotional depths. If you are feeling rundown, on the edge or alone in this theatrical landscape, you should see this show. I promise you, it will make it all better.... full review
ERIC DEPRIESTER certified reviewer June 07, 2019
tagged as: satire · funny · solo
A crowd-pleasing send-up of a solo show and all of the ego, conflict, and catharsis that it entails. ... full review
BRETT MOORE certified reviewer June 08, 2019
Blackboxing is both a side-splitting takedown of Fringe and one man shows, and the fulfillment of every stage manager's worst nightmare (and fondest dreams). I left in actual pain from laughing so much and so hard over 45 minutes. You'll want to sing along to a song you've never even heard before. Jim and Matt both deliver brilliance in moment after moment, as well as some unexpected heart.... full review
DREW PETRIELLO certified reviewer June 07, 2019
tagged as: satire · Acting · depression · ego · one person show · solo show · fringe
Oh, what a tasty skewering of Fringe and solo shows we have here. Blackboxing is absurd but at the same time so painfully true that anyone familiar with the subject matter will be delighted.... full review
CORWIN EVANS certified reviewer July 02, 2019
This is as much a sly how-to guide as a how-not-to comedy roller coaster. Matt wields a library of tropes and cringeworthy personality hemorrhages to castigate those of us who, well, showed up late and didn't finish the rewrites.... full review
MARLA BLACK certified reviewer July 01, 2019
tagged as: musical · comedy · entertaining · fun · funny
A hilarious parody of a solo show anyone in LA has most likely been forced to sit through. Perfectly written, performed and directed, this joyful ride of a play is filled with hot tips and inside jokes... I probably should have watched this show BEFORE putting up my own solo show. Funny and engaging, Matt and Jim are perfection together as they tear each other apart and lead us through the inner workings of a stage show gone terribly awry. You'll laugh, as a solo show performer you'll probably cringe and feel the need to apologize to the world and you'll leave begging can someone get that damn song out of my head?!? ... full review
SANDIE SMITH certified reviewer June 30, 2019
Hilarious!... full review
PIERCE MINOR certified reviewer June 30, 2019
tagged as: heartfelt · hilarious · funny · tech person · fringe · Acting · singing
Time and energy well spent! GREAT show!... full review